The manhole cover protruding out of the road surface, yards away from the Ranigunj Railway Bridge, has become a cause of concern for the road-users owing to the regular accidents that are being attributed to its presence.
Existing a few inches above the road surface, the manhole cover has turned out to be a hindrance in the movement of the traffic as well. The manhole covers that was beneath the road surface was recently dug for carrying out some works and was left without affixing it properly in turn giving it a raised form that only sees motorists plying on the stretch bumping their the vehicles against it and falling down.
“As soon as the signal turns green motorists come in at high speed and either hit the manhole cover or apply sudden brakes to avoid hitting it. Both the scenarios are life threatening,” says E. Srikanth, who runs his newspaper stall in the vicinity. The road happens to be a major thoroughfare and the presence of the manhole cover in such a form is acting as a hindrance in the smooth flow of traffic as four-wheeler drivers, in order to avoid hitting it, swerve their vehicles creating traffic snarls.
“Authorities are aware of the manhole, but are not making any serious attempts to address the issue,” feels Satyananand, a local shopkeeper.